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October 27 — The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) strongly condemns the despicable, hate-filled shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during Shabbat services today.  We stand in support of the members and leadership of that congregation and offer prayers on behalf of the victims and their loved ones who must now live in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy.

One of the most significant images shared by people of many faiths is that of the “Tree of Life”.  In Genesis 2:9 the faithful are told that: “Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden…” This is an important image for all three Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—as well as other faiths throughout the world. It is simply horrifying to think that a deranged, antisemitic gunman would walk into a house of God and intentionally maim and kill the people of a congregation whose very name honors the Creator who gifted humanity with a tree symbolizing blessed life together.

IPMN is also greatly concerned about the nature of a public discourse in our society in which peoples of different faith narratives are unwittingly pitted against each other for political, ideological and self-serving reasons.  We believe that people of faith, meaning all faiths dedicated to serving and glorifying the God of creation, are well-equipped to see through such designs and to stand in solidarity against ungodly and destructive human schemes and purposes.  We are thankful for the swift action of law enforcement officials, and pray that our justice system will be thorough, sensitive and fair, seeing to it that the perpetrator of this heinous act is dealt with in an appropriate manner.

For this present moment, we are most concerned about standing with all our Jewish brothers and sisters as they deal with this tragedy both collectively and personally.  Part of the witness of Tree of Life Synagogue has been to stand with, and bring justice for refugees and immigrants.  For any who seek to do the same, today’s action is an affront to all that is aligned with the intentions of the God who created us as one humanity, and calls upon us to demonstrate this truth with everything we are.

We echo the words of our friend, Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace: “I want first to send love, strength and solidarity to our beloved Jewish communities facing fear and harm today… We must rely on each other, especially in an era when national leaders foment this type of violence.  May the memories of those whose lives were lost this morning be for a blessing.” 

If possible, we encourage all to join JVP on October 28 at 12 pm PST/3 pm EST, for a virtual grief ritual led by Rabbi Margaret Holub of the JVP Rabbinical Council.  You may register at this link.

In Psalm 85 we are reminded: “Love and Faithfulness meet together; Righteousness and Peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and Righteousness looks down from heaven.  God will indeed give what is good and our land will yield its harvest.”

May it be so.

 

 

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2018 Annual Meeting
Israel/Palestine Mission Network
of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
November 1-3, 2018
 
(book hotel room below)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Facilitator:
Rev. Denise Anderson
Co-Moderator of the
223rd General Assembly of PC(USA)
 
Joined and Knit Together
 
But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into Christ who is the head, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. ~ Ephesians 4:15-16 
 
 
 

 

 


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 Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

Special group rate: $119.00 per night / Emory Area

Click here to book your group rate for Israel Palestine Mission Network

Reservations may also be made by calling 1-866-355-1289.  

You may be on hold for a short wait, but the phone will take you directly to Atlanta Century Center/Emory Marriott.  

Ask for the israel Palestine Mission Network block of rooms.

Last day to book hotel for IPMN rate: October 1, 2018

 


 

Dear IPMN Members and Friends,

We are looking forward to our annual IPMN meeting and our time together in Atlanta this year! Our meeting will begin on Thursday, November 1st at 3:30pm and conclude at noon on Saturday, November 3rd. The meeting will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, located at 2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA. We will also enjoy a delicious Mediterranean dinner at a local Presbyterian church on Friday night.
There are several transportation options to the Marriott from the airports, including the MARTA (Atlanta's public transportation train) and the hotel shuttle.

Please click on the links above to register for our meeting and to book your room at the Emory area Marriott. We encourage you to attend the entire meeting as the work we will be doing at this special annual meeting will build throughout our time together. Your hotel reservations will need to be made independently, directly with the hotel. (see link below). IPMN has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott, but you are welcome to make other arrangements as well.  If you would like to share a hotel room with someone and need help finding a roommate, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there is any further information you feel we need with your reservation, please leave it in the comments box on your registration form. 

Registration Options: 

  • Full Conference (all scheduled events and meals Thursday-Saturday) $125
  • Scholarship Recipient Registration: Both full and partial scholarships are available based on need. Our full scholarships will include a shared room at the Marriott, all events, and meals Thursday through Saturday. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on scholarships.  

If you are one of our many members who is active with other organizations or projects working for justice for Palestine, please feel free to bring information to share with the group. We will have resource tables set up Thursday evening through Saturday morning for you to display any printed fliers, postcards, books, etc. You are encouraged to bring information from your local groups and initiatives, so that we can all learn what IPMNers across the country are doing in their own communities.

We are in need of some volunteers to help with a few important tasks. If you are interested in helping plan and/or lead our worship events, please let me know and include any gifts you would like to contribute (ex: vocal or instrumental musical ability, liturgy, reading, etc.). I will also need some folks to oversee the onsite registration table and help everyone get settled in with their rooms and information packets.
  
If you have any further questions feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I am looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta soon!
Blessings and peace,

Marietta Macy
Vice Moderator,
Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 

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 Your Invitation from IPMN Moderator

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September 2018

Greetings,

In 2006, fresh from my first PC(USA) justice trip to Palestine, I attended the fall organizational/planning meeting for a mission network that had been created by action of the 216th General Assembly in 2004. I felt humbled by the company I kept that weekend: people representing thousands of hours of justice work on the ground in Palestine. I thought I had learned a lot on the trip. I learned even more from those present at the conference. Somehow that weekend I became the chairperson of the new advocacy committee, and then had to go learn what an advocate actually did. When we left that meeting, we had a structure and the beginning of an action plan. For the next 12 years we forged ahead for the sake of a Just Peace in Palestine.

In over a decade the work has continued and the issues have not substantively changed. The struggle for human dignity and justice never does. But the context has shifted considerably and the big tent of justice seekers has gotten bigger.

We have known for quite some time now that the Israel Palestine Mission Network is in need of reimagining and refreshing. What served us well at our inception needs to be examined anew that we may determine how we move forward in the years ahead. I remember well how in 2006 our ecumenical and interfaith footprint was very small and we pretty much found ourselves doing our denominational thing almost exclusively. It is now very apparent that justice churches like ours are no longer islands unto themselves. We constantly interface with ecumenical, interfaith and secular bodies and organizations. Those of us who began this network are now over a decade older, and new voices and energy have come into our midst. Our structure and program needs to reflect this vitality.

It will be an honor to have former Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly, and the new Coordinator for Racial and Intercultural Justice for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, The Rev. Denise Anderson, as our facilitator for this year’s annual meeting in Atlanta on November 1-3. She will help us explore who we as a network are, and are yet to become!

Although this year’s gathering will remind some of us of those heady days in 2006 when we were forging a new path in the PC(USA), it will also feature those important elements we have come to value in our connectedness and fellowship as a network. Most importantly, we need the collective wisdom and dreaming capacity of all who have been dedicated to this cause for over a decade, and for those who have joined with us more recently. I hope you will make room in your schedule because this year we need you more than ever!

Peace and Grace,
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe
Moderator

Jlem churches

 

President Donald J. Trump 
President of the United States of America 

Jerusalem on December 6, 2017 

Dear Mr. President, 

We are fully aware and appreciative of how you are dedicating special attention to the status of Jerusalem in these days. We are following with attentiveness and we see that it is our duty to address this letter to Your Excellency. On July 17, 2000, we addressed a similar letter to the leaders who met in Camp David to decide the status of Jerusalem. They kindly took our letter into consideration. Today, Mr. President, we are confident that you too will take our viewpoint into consideration on the very important status of Jerusalem. 

Our land is called to be a land of peace. Jerusalem, the city of God, is a city of peace for us and for the world. Unfortunately, though, our holy land with Jerusalem the Holy city, is today a land of conflict. 

Those who love Jerusalem have every will to work and make it a land and a city of peace, life and dignity for all its inhabitants. The prayers of all believers in it—the three religions and two peoples who belong to this city—rise to God and ask for peace, as the Psalmist says: "Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see!" (80.14). Inspire our leaders, and fill their minds and hearts with justice and peace. 

Mr. President, we have been following, with concern, the reports about the possibility of changing how the United States understands and deals with the status of Jerusalem. We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division. We ask from you Mr. President to help us all walk towards more love and a definitive peace, which cannot be reached without Jerusalem being for all. 

Our solemn advice and plea is for the United States to continue recognizing the present international status of Jerusalem. Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm. We are confident that, with strong support from our friends, Israelis and Palestinians can work towards negotiating a sustainable and just peace, benefiting all who long for the Holy City of Jerusalem to fulfil its destiny. The Holy City can be shared and fully enjoyed once a political process helps liberate the hearts of all people, that live within it, from the conditions of conflict and destructiveness that they are experiencing. 

Christmas is upon us soon. It is a feast of peace. The Angels have sung in our sky: Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to the people of good will. In this coming Christmas, we plea for Jerusalem not to be deprived from peace, we ask you Mr. President to help us listen to the song of the angels. As the Christian leaders of Jerusalem, we invite you to walk with us in hope as we build a just, inclusive peace for all the peoples of this unique and Holy City. 

With our best regards, and best wishes for a Merry Christmas.

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem 
+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate 
+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
+Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate 
+Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land 
+Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate 
+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate 
+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate
+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate 
+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate 
+Msgr. Georges Dankaye’, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

 

 

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223rd General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
St. Louis, Missouri
June 16 - 23, 2018
 
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IPMN comends the 2017 Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert

Let us all work together to spread the message of Palestinian Christians to the world!

This year the Christmas Alert sheds light upon and raises awareness of what Bethlehem has been experiencing since the Balfour Declaration, of partition and military occupation.  It encourages churches around the world to act!

"Everything that happens in our land, everyone who lives there, all the pains and hopes, all the injustice and all the efforts to stop this injustice, are part and parcel of the prayer of the Palestinian Church and the service of all her institutions." (Kairos Palestine)

 

Since the 2009 publication of the Kairos Palestine document, A Moment of Truth, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network has been an active partner in solidarity with Palestinian and global groups who have embraced the call of the document. Each year at Christmas and at Easter, Kairos Palestine publishes an Alert. These Alerts focus on current "facts on the ground" as they are evolving, and each Alert contains meditations and prayers written by members of the Kairos Palestine Movement.

The Christmas Alert features writers who are familiar, long-term partners and friends to IPMN, bringing the call of justice and hope from Palestinian Christians to each one of us.  May their witness serve to revitalize our own advocacy this Advent. During this Advent season, may we carry their truth and their call to our communities and to the wider world.

Katherine Cunningham
Partnerships Chair, IPMN


 

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Breaking Down the Wall 
A Resource Guide for Praying, Educating, and Advocacy
Advent 2017
National YWCA of Palestine
 
Click here to read and print.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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